Saturday, September 14, 2013
Daily Current Affairs from 14 September 2013
1) Hindi Diwas celebrated across India- September 14 is celebrated as Hindi Diwas to mark the importance of Hindi language. It was back in 1949, that the constituent assembly decided to acknowledge Hindi as the official language and in 1950, the Constitution of India adopted Hindi in Devanagri Script as the official language of the union. Hindi was adopted as a language for official transaction by the constituent assembly on 14th September 1949. President Pranab Mukherjee gave away Official Language Awards for outstanding contributions made towards promotion of Hindi language.
2) Central government has approved a plan to set up 70 medical institutes for treating cancer, diabetes and cardiovascular diseases, Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad announced today.
3) Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will visit Muzaffarnagar in Uttar Pradesh for an on-the-spot assessment in the district that witnessed deadly communal riots about a week ago.
4) Chief Justice of India, P Sathasivam today defended the collegium system for appointment of judges in higher judiciary but said it is a prerogative of the Centre to bring a bill to change it.
5) 14 Maoists were killed in a fierce gun battle with police in Odisha's Malkangiri district.
6) India against military intervention in Syria, says Salman Khurshid, India's External Affairs Minister
Technology & Achievements
1) A second test flight of long range, nuclear capable ‘Agni-V’ missile might be taken up on September 15 from Wheeler Island on Odisha's coast, if the weather permits. The surface-to-surface, three stage solid propellant missile is designed to deliver nuclear warheads of 1000 kg at a range of 5000 km.
2) Japan launches new, cheaper rocket named 'Epsilon'. Japan hopes it will be a cheaper and more efficient way of sending satellites into space.
3) NASA's Voyager 1 spacecraft, launched 36 years ago - and now 19 billion kilometres from the Sun - has become the first man-made object to venture into interstellar space
4) The brown Chihuahua named “Miracle Milly” is the world's smallest dog, Guinness World Records announced. She is shorter than a soup can, standing at 3.8 inches (9.65 centimeters) tall when measured from backbone to paw.
1) Health Ministers of Southeast Asian countries committed themselves to eliminating measles from the region by 2020. This was taken at the 66th session of the World Health Organization’s (WHO) regional committee for Southeast Asia, held Sep 10-13.
2) United States and Russia have agreed on a proposal to eliminate Syria's chemical weapons arsenal, Secretary of State John Kerry said.
3) In a new twist, a renegade Taliban militia, the Suicide Group of the Islamic Movement of Afghanistan, has taken responsibility for killing Indian author Sushmita Banerjee
4) US President Barack Obama said that the use of chemical arms by Syria is a ‘criminal act’ and therefore becomes important for the international community to respond
1) Gold prices fell for the fourth straight day falling Rs 450 to Rs 30,300 per ten grams on sustained selling amid a weak global trend.
2) Despite fag-end selling pressure, both the indices, S&P BSE Sensex and CNX Nifty, ended in the green for the 3rd consecutive week on persistent buying by foreign funds
3) To boost foreign fund inflows into the capital markets, regulator Sebi allowed overseas entities to invest in government securities without any auction mechanism.
4) Reserve Bank said that bank branches would work full time on September 14 & 15 (Saturday and Sunday) to facilitate receipt of advance tax challans for income tax and corporate tax from the public.
5) Prime Minister's key economic advisor C Rangarajan lowered the growth forecast for the current fiscal to 5.3 percent from 6.4 percent projected earlier.
1) Government has appointed M.K. Goel, who is also the Director (Commercial), as the Chairman and Managing Director of Power Finance Corporation Ltd (PFC).
1) Zimbabwe defeated Pakistan by 24 runs in dramatic final Test. Chatara's Test-best figures of five for 61 proved the crucial difference despite an unbeaten 79 by Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq. The two-match series finished tied at 1-1 after Pakistan won the first Test at the same venue by 221 runs.
2) Indian weightlifters bagged a rich haul of 25 medals so far in the ongoing Asian Inter-Club Championships and Asian Cup being held at Pyongyang, North Korea.